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Science Fair Report
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Student Name
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Science Fair Report
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Student Name
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Purpose Statement:
The Purpose Statement should explain what it is you are trying to discover or prove. The Purpose should be written
in a form of a statement. Try to make your statement original and creative.
The statement should clearly explain:
1.)
The problem that you are trying to solve with your experiment.
2.)
Why you want to do this experiment.
3.)
How you think the information gained from the experiment will help other people.
Example of a Purpose Statement:
The purpose of this experiment was to find out how the density of plant cover affects soil erosion. I became
interested in this experiment when the hillside next to our yard began to erode. The information from this experiment
will help people to determine how many plants they should plant on their yards hillside.
Use the lines below to create a quality Purpose Statement.
The purpose of this experiment was to _____________________________________________________.
I became interested in this experiment when _______________________________________________.
The information gained from this experiment will help others by
________________________________________________________________.
Section 1: Abstract
This should sum up all your report on one page (no more than 250 words).
It will probably be the most-read section of your report.
People get an overview of your entire project.
Most scientists say this one page summary will take the most time.
This is usually written last, but is almost always placed at the beginning of a report.
A copy of enlargement of this report is sometimes placed on the display board of the
project.
Begin the rest of your report on a new page.
The Abstract is a summary of your science fair project. It is made up of a brief statement of the essential, or
most important, thoughts about your project. Abstracts should summarize, clearly and simply, the main points of
the experiment. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, neatness, and originality are important. It should be 250 to 300
words in length. It is one of the last parts of your science fair project that you will complete. It is an easy part if
you are using a computer to record and type your journal entries and other parts of the project. If you are using a
computer then you will only have to cut and paste this information into the abstract.
Include the following to create your abstract:
1.)
Your projects purpose statement.
2.)
The Hypothesis
3.)
A description of your variables and the control/constants.
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4.)
A description of what variable you are manipulating (changing) in your experiment.
5.)
How you went about measuring and observing the variables/controls.
6.)
Your results and data collected from your experiment.
7.)
Your conclusion statement.
Use the following lines to create a successful Abstract:
The purpose of my science fair project was ________________________________________________.
My hypothesis for this project was _______________________________________________________.
The constants and controls in my experiment were __________________________________________.
The variable in my experiment was _______________________________________________________.
The way that I measured the responding or dependent variable was _____________________________.
The results of this experiment were _______________________________________________________.
The results show that my hypothesis should be… (give brief reason why to accept or not) ____________
If I were going to do this experiment again in the future or expand on this experiment I would ________.
Section 2: Background
Tell how you came up with the idea.
Why did you want to do this experiment?
The written research report is a gathering of everything that you did to investigate the selected topic. It contains
all the information you collected or learned during the weeks leading up to the actual experiment and science
fair. It should be written from notes, personal interviews, and sources from the library and electronic media. Be
sure to write this information in your own words and not that of the author.
The Research Summary Report should follow these rules:
1.) This written report provides observers with important data on the scope of a project as well as your
understanding of the topic you are presenting.
2.) Write your report with an introductory paragraph, body paragraphs and a conclusion paragraph.
3.) Be sure to give credit where credit is due in your report. That means cite your sources in your bibliography!
Use APA citation and double check the spelling in your paper.
Section 3: Question
State the question you were trying to answer.
Give a full explanation of your question (or “problem”).
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Section 4: Hypothesis
State your hypothesis.
The Hypothesis is an educated guess that tries to answer a question or solve a problem that you are trying to
find out more about. The hypothesis is done after you do your research on a specific topic and before you do
any experimenting.
The Hypothesis should follow these rules:
1.)
A hypothesis is a question, which has been reworded into a form that can be tested by an experiment.
2.)
There is usually one hypothesis for each question you have.
You must do at least one experiment to test each hypothesis. This is a very important step.
Example of a Hypothesis:
If grass is grown on a hillside it will do a better job at preventing soil erosion on the hillside than shrubs. I base
my hypothesis on the idea that there are more roots in the grass than the shrubs.
Use the lines below to create a quality Hypothesis.
My hypothesis is ______________________________________________________________________.
I base my hypothesis on ___________________________________________________________________.
Section 5: Description of Experiment
State everything you can to describe your experiment, surveys, or research.
List variables and control.
List all materials used.
Tell how you used them.
Include any drawings, photographs, graphs, computer printouts, and/or whatever helps
explain how you tested your hypothesis.
Pretend you’re telling another person how to do your experiments, surveys, or research.
In fact, another person should be able to take this section and use it as a handbook of
instructions to do his or her own experiments, surveys, or special research.
MATERIALS
The materials list is a complete list of all materials including details and amounts. Be sure to include
quantities (how much), length, volume, and mass. List these in metric units. Be specific in your description of the
item needed. Include photos or drawings of the materials if it helps the person to identify the material needed in the
project.
Example of a Materials list:
GOOD Materials List
BAD Materials List
1.) 20 liters of water
1.) Water
2.) Stop Watch
2.) Watch
3.) Metric Ruler with millimeters listed
3.) Ruler
4.) 3 cubic meters of potting soil
4.) Dirt
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VARIABLES
Controls: these are the things you keep the same
Independent Variable: The thing you changed on purpose because you want to see how it affected something else.
Dependent Variable: The thing you are measuring.
Example variables:
Controls: incline of hill, amount of soil, area covered by grass or shrubs
Independent variable: presence of grass or shrubs on soil incline
Dependent variable: amount of soil that eroded
PROCEDURES
The procedures are a detailed, step-by-step set of instructions on how to prepare and carry out your
experiment. These should be written so that the experiment can be recreated by anyone who picks up your
procedures. Write the procedure as you do the steps of a lab. Be very specific; don't assume that the reader knows
how much, how many, or how long.
The Procedures should follow these rules:
1.)
Label each step with a number or letter.
2.)
Write your procedures in a cookbook format.
3.)
Be very specific with quantities, amounts, and the order that things need to be done or completed.
Example of a Procedures / Method list:
1.) Prepare three trays by putting an equal amount of potting soil in each tray. If you are using pans or cookie
sheets, spread a layer of gravel on the bottom of the pan before adding the soil. This will allow for drainage since
you will be watering all three pans while the grass is growing.
2.) Set Tray 1 aside. In Tray 2, cover the soil with a layer of leaves and grass clippings. In Tray 3, sprinkle grass
seed on the top of the soil.
3.) Place the three trays in a place where they are level and have similar light and temperature conditions. (The
temperature must be above 50°F (10°C) for the grass to grow.)
4.) Use the sprinkling can to give each tray the same amount of water. Continue watering all three trays
approximately every 3 days until the grass in Tray 3 is about .5 inches (1.25 centimeters) tall. This may take one
week or longer. You may have to adjust your watering schedule depending on how fast the soil dries. Check the soil
daily to see if it looks and feels moist.
Section 6: Conclusion
Explain fully what you learned from the project.
Describe any problems you may have encountered. Tell what you had to do to correct
them or what you would do if you did this over.
What other investigations (if any) would you like to do as a result of this project.
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